Nobody Has The Textbook Body
One of the most valuable lesson I learned when I moved to Singapore, after studying yoga is the West for over a decade, is that nobody has the textbook body and all the things that we think we know about how things are "supposed to be” done is only true for a very small portion of people. Watching my students who were 80+ do all the things that my teachers had told me would cause injury really caused me to take a step back and be a guest. As a guest it’s not my job to tell people how things are supposed to be, it’s my job to be respectful and to listen and to learn. And from that place where I was first listening before I was advising, I was able to help my students progress a lot more smoothly in the direction of their choosing. Trusting that they know what’s best for them better than I do.